Stephanie Schmidt

Interested in “Last Mile” solutions in a European context? We want to pick your brain

You can buy a Coca-Cola anywhere in the world, but affordable products/ services that provide essential value (healthcare, financial services, etc.) still do not reach billions of people around the globe. Increasingly, new solutions are being invented and implemented in the developing world, but the conversation is still new in Europe where millions are also facing last mile issues – elderly people, rural populations, people with disabilities, and people without mobility means among others. What innovative partnership models could help address this challenge in a European context?

You can also help identify these innovative partnership models to provide solutions to the Last Mile Challenge! No registration is needed, just gather all the ideas you have and come to comment, share and contribute on the online Google document by clicking on this link. We will also facilitate a dynamic ONLINE BRAINSTORM from 3 to 6 p.m. CET Wednesday, April 2.

The brainstorm is organized by Ashoka in the context of the Social & Business Co-Creation European Competition that is conducted in partnership with the Zermatt Summit Foundation, Fondation Guilé, Boehringer Ingelheim and DPD. A special prize will be awarded by DPD for the best “Last Mile” project, that will receive customized management coaching from DPD through the end of 2014 for the fine tuning of the social andbusiness co-creation project.

As a leading international provider of express and parcel services, DPD delivers not only to businesses, but to an increasing number of private parcel recipients. DPD’s drivers serve the so called “last mile”. They ring the doorbell of the recipient and physically present the parcels. Their fleet of hundreds of vehicles drive throughout countries every day to deliver these parcels, even in the most remote villages. How could this proximity be leveraged to create positive impact, improving the lives of people with little access or mobility? How can this capacity be leveraged by social-mission organizations that aim at bringing solutions to these populations but are struggling to reach more scale.

Thanks in advance for your contribution!